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Nature study
I've started noticing little holes appearing in the grass outside our front door. It seems that the squirrels are digging up the hazelnuts they buried last autumn!

Squirrel activity
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queenoftheskies From: queenoftheskies Date: July 5th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's so neat!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 5th, 2015 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never noticed this behaviour before, but the hazel tree had a huge amount of nuts last year and they actually had real nuts in them. In the past, when I've cracked them open there's been nothing there. I collected a lot, but the squirrels must have got plenty too.
ritaxis From: ritaxis Date: July 5th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you just solved a mystery of mine! That looks just like the holes I've been finding in my straw mulch. I bet that squirrels are looking for acorns. I know that they bury a lot of them in my yard because I have to keep pulling up baby oak trees like they were weeds (very sad, but my yard is a postage stamp and has no room for a dozen great oaks in it).
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 5th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
And you've just explained why I keep getting tiny oaks sprouting up in our border, even though we don't have an oak tree at the front of the house! The squirrels must bring them from further down the road where there is and oak tree.
jhetley From: jhetley Date: July 5th, 2015 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
For us, small holes in the lawn mean that the skunks are digging up grubs. I guess you don't have skunks.
del_c From: del_c Date: July 5th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Disney thinks we do, along with raccoons! (the more recent, live action, 101 Dalmatians)

The cast and crew were mostly English, I can't think why no one told them.
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: July 6th, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
So cool! I'd always heard that squirrels forget where they buried their nuts, so it's nice to know that's not true, or at least not all the time.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 9th, 2015 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd also been taught that about squirrels, but this year I have seen that it's not true. Though now I'm wondering whether they actually remember where the nuts are or whether they scent them out. In fact I'm thinking of running a little experiment to test this.
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: July 9th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't wait to hear the results of your experiment.
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